Strangers turned into friends…Friends turned into lovers.
First love never dies…First heartbreak is the most painful one.
Have you been in love? How does it feel?
Did someone break your heart?
The crazy and playful story of Eleanor & Park is the best example of two teenagers falling in love for the first time. Truly, love is in the air.
Eleanor… came from a broken family; unique in her own way.
Park… has a happy family; remember her everyday.
Rowell wrote a novel which is very appropriate now a days. A very trending topic for most of the youth today: Love.
The only difference is: It’s not just only about love, but it’s also about letting go of the one you truly love.
Painful? Yes it is; but wait until you lay your hands in this book because it will tell you why it shouldn’t be a heartbreak.
I love how Eleanor & Park was written: Simple yet entertaining.
Point of View:
“Sometimes, happiest moment of our lives happens when we are in the company of unexpected people.” – Seasielle
Yes, in this world we don’t really choose our friends by knowing them personally; rather by their mere appearance, presence or status in life. If they’re pretty, popular or rich, we want them to be our friends or to be in a group that is usually known as “Circle of Friends.” Those “unlucky” ones are usually left with some sort of “losers” as what others called; or they are drown in their own world.
Usually, people who are introvert can express themselves better than anyone else because they’re the “quiet yet artistic” type of person. They view the world in its most unusual way. They need someone to lean on but always end up alone. They don’t care what others think of them (especially when they’re in their world); but in reality, they do care. They just don’t want to give the “crowd” the satisfaction they want. In short, “Haters gonna hate.”
In relation with this book, nobody wants Eleanor to be in their group because she’s big, red hair and she always wear clothes that makes her look more dumb. On the other hand, Park, being an avid fan of comics and The Smiths who doesn’t belong in the “it-crowd” has a normal life…not until the existence of Eleanor. The world turned upside-down for both of them. They became good friends —-> lovers —-> …. They showed that physical appearance doesn’t define who you are, rather what’s inside your heart is the most important one. They’re both lonely and longing for someone to understand them and to give them a warm hug; to say to them that everything will be okay. Luckily, they found each other.
Not everyone has the same story as Eleanor & Park. Some of us really discriminate other people because of who they are.
Reality check: No matter how often we read or hear “Stop Discriminating other people or that we’re not in the same road with them or we don’t know their story,” because in the end we’ll still hurt them. Human instinct, I guess.
How I wish that we just don’t ignore those messages; rather let’s do the act of kindness to understand and accept one another because all of us have our own battles in our lives. We are all warriors in a big and never ending arena called “Earth.” Let us do the honor to help others and not to be an additional burden for them.